Although the Democratic Party received the majority of votes statewide for both the state Senate and state House, the Republican Party still holds the majority in both N.C. chambers for the next two-year cycle.
Although they lost the statewide vote for both chambers of the General Assembly, Republicans will hold onto 29 out of 50 seats in the N.C. Senate and 66 out of 120 seats in the N.C. House.
Despite losing the popular vote in both state legislative chambers, State House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, both Republicans, released a statement claiming success in response to the midterm election results.
“North Carolina voters issued a clear mandate to continue Republican policies that are benefiting the workforce, improving schools and delivering a pro-jobs agenda for families,” Moore and Berger said in their joint statement. “We appreciate the strong support of our constituents and look forward to continuing our successful approach to making North Carolina the very best state in the nation.”
Patrick Gannon, spokesperson for the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, said the 2018 midterms saw historic turnout.
“The 52.4 percent turnout by registered voters was the highest in a midterm election since 1990,” he said.
The NCSBE also made efforts to ensure that victims of Hurricane Florence were not prevented from voting.
"This agency spent $400,000 in late October/early November on TV, radio, newspaper, online and social media advertising reminding voters in eastern North Carolina of their voting options," Gannon said. "The General Assembly provided that funding in hurricane recovery legislation.”
But despite the unusually high turnout, the gerrymandered legislative maps prevented results from matching the votes.